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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)

The “Saint Mary of the Flower” cathedral and its towering dome have come to symbolize Florence.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is also known as the Duomo, which is an Italian term for cathedral. Dominating the Florence skyline is the Duomo’s magnificent dome, considered by many to be the most important architectural achievement of the Renaissance. Inside the cathedral, you’ll find stained-glass windows and frescoes by Italian masters, and one of the oldest examples of an hora italica clock in the world. For many, the most impressive part of a visit is a close-up view of the building itself.

Plans for the cathedral were first drawn up in 1294 by the architect Arnolfo di Cambio and construction started two years later. The building was consecrated in 1436, following contributions from several different architects. Arguably the most significant was Filippo Brunelleschi, who designed the dome. At 149 feet (45.5 meters) in diameter, it was the largest structure of its kind anywhere in the world, and remains the largest brick and mortar dome in the world today. Climb the 463 steps (there’s no lift) of the dome for a superb panorama of the city. There is a fee to visit the dome.

Join the crowds in the Piazza del Duomo and pause to take in the cathedral’s impressive exterior. The pink, white and green marble of the façade was actually a late addition to the cathedral and completed in the late 1800s.

The 44 stained-glass windows depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments are among the highlights inside the cathedral. Don’t miss the giant clock above the entrance on the inside of the church. Designed in 1443, this clock is one of the last working examples of an hora italica timepiece, a 24-hour clock on which the last hour falls at sunset.

Santa Maria del Fiore is open daily, except for January 6 (Epiphany). Entry is free. While the lines to enter can be long, they generally move fast. If you are traveling in a group of more than four you may be required to take an audio or radio guide.

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Grand Hotel Cavour ¥10,024
Grand Hotel Cavour

Grand Hotel Cavour

Via Del Proconsolo 3, Florence, FI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Duomo, this family-friendly Florence hotel is steps from Badia Fiorentina and Bargello. Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 14 minutes by foot and Florence Campo Di Marte Station is 23 minutes.

    Hotel Spadai ¥10,922
    Hotel Spadai

    Hotel Spadai

    Via dei Martelli, 10, Florence, FI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Duomo, this spa hotel is steps from Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, and San Lorenzo Church. Piazza del Duomo and Academy of Fine Arts are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 10 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 21 minutes.

      Maxim Axial ¥5,838
      Maxim Axial

      Maxim Axial

      Via Dei Calzaiuoli 11, Florence, FI
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps from Via de' Calzaiuoli and Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower. Piazza della Signoria and Piazza del Duomo are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 11 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 21 minutes.

        Orto De Medici Hotel ¥9,355
        Orto De Medici Hotel

        Orto De Medici Hotel

        Via San Gallo 30, Florence, FI
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in San Lorenzo, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza San Marco, Statue of David, and Gallery of the Academy of Florence. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Academy of Fine Arts are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 13 minutes by foot and Florence Statuto Station is 17 minutes.

          Aurum Firenze ¥6,441
          Aurum Firenze

          Aurum Firenze

          Via Nazionale 8/a, Florence
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Santa Maria Novella, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Faenza and Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Museum. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Piazza del Duomo are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is only a 5-minute walk and Porta al Prato Station is 16 minutes.

            Relais Piazza Signoria ¥7,924
            Relais Piazza Signoria

            Relais Piazza Signoria

            Via Vacchereccia 3, Florence, FI
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Duomo, this apartment building is steps from Via de' Calzaiuoli, Piazza della Signoria, and Palazzo Vecchio. Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 14 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 22 minutes.

              Hotel Duomo ¥8,811
              Hotel Duomo

              Hotel Duomo

              Piazza Del Duomo 1, Florence, FI
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps from Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Florence Baptistery. Bargello and Gallery of the Academy of Florence are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 10 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 22 minutes.

                Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio ¥11,776
                Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio

                Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio

                Borgo S.Jacopo, 3/r, Florence, FI
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Oltrarno, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, and Piazza della Signoria. Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 16 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 23 minutes.